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Wissanu rules out greater responsibilities due to ill health

TIPPED for a prominent role in the near future, Wissanu Krea-Ngam, legal adviser to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said yesterday that he didn't want to be considered for any other posts as he has health problems.

The 63-year-old Wissanu, who drafted the provisional charter that has been newly endorsed by His Majesty the King, said the charter did not ban NCPO members from doubling as ministers or taking the post of PM. National Legislative Assembly members cannot double as Reform Council members, however.

He said the NCPO chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has special concern about Parliament sessions collapsing, saying Prayuth had ordered him to write regulations to prevent such a scenario from occurring frequently and have the National Legislative Assembly include the law in the future charter.

Asked if there was a plan to disband some independent agencies, Wissanu admitted that there had been discussion about the possibility. He added that some agencies could not be dissolved. These include the National Anti-Corruption Commis-sion, which has more than 20,000 cases to go through.

Wissanu, who has served seven prime ministers and 10 governments, has been dubbed an "acclaimed legal specialist" because of his exceptional legal skills. As well as being aware of the status of even the most complicated actions within the law, he can also advise on legal solutions to complex issues.

After graduating with a doctorate degree from the University of Berkeley in the US, he embarked upon a career as law lecturer. He became involved in politics in 1991 after being appointed deputy secretary-general in the then Cabinet.

In 1992, he was appointed spokesman for the Suchinda Kraprayoon government.

In 1993, he rose to become Cabinet secretary-general and served in this role for seven PMs and 10 governments.

Wissanu's skills have been an asset to various administrations. He has mastered negotiation skills and is trusted by politicians. He has developed strong ties with leading businessmen and political leaders.




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